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A Month in Yorkshire by Walter White

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A MONTH IN YORKSHIRE.

[Illustration: YORKSHIRE.]

A MONTH IN YORKSHIRE.

BY WALTER WHITE,

AUTHOR OF "A LONDONER'S WALK TO THE LAND'S END," "ALL ROUND THE WREKIN," AND OTHER BOOKS OF TRAVEL.

"Know most of the rooms of thy native country, before thou goest over the threshold thereof; especially, seeing England presents thee with so many observables."--FULLER.

FOURTH EDITION.

LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193, PICCADILLY. 1861. [_The right of Translation is reserved._]

By the same Author.

A LONDONER'S WALK TO THE LAND'S END; AND A TRIP TO THE SCILLY ISLES. _Second Edition._

ON FOOT THROUGH TYROL.

A JULY HOLIDAY IN SAXONY, BOHEMIA AND SILESIA.

NORTHUMBERLAND AND THE BORDER. _Second Edition._

ALL ROUND THE WREKIN. _Second Edition._

FOREWORD TO THE FOURTH EDITION.

The first two editions of this work had not long been published when I was pelted with animadversions for the "scandalous misrepresentation" conveyed in my report of a conversation held with a villager at Burnsall; which conversation may be read in the twenty-second chapter. My reply was, that I had set down less than was spoken--that I had brought no accusation, not having even mentioned the "innocent-looking country town" as situate in any one of the three Ridings--that what I had seen, however, in some of the large towns, led me to infer that the imputation (if such it were) would hardly fail to apply; and, moreover, if the Yorkshire conscience felt uneasy, was I to be held responsible?

My explanation that the town in question was not in Yorkshire, was treated as of none effect, and my censors rejoined in legal phrase, that I had no case. So I went about for awhile under a kind of suspicion, or as an unintentional martyr, until one day there met me two gentlemen from Leeds, one of whom declared that he and others, jealous of their county's reputation, and doubting not to convict me of error, had made diligent inquiry and found to their discomfiture, that the assemblages implied in the villager's remark, did actually take place within Yorkshire itself. The discovery is not one to be proud of; but, having been made, let the county strive to free itself from at least that reproach.

Another censurable matter was my word of warning against certain inns which had given me demonstration that their entertainment, regulated by a sliding scale, went up on the arrival of a stranger. Yorkshire wrote a flat denial of the implication to my publishers, and inclosed a copy of what he called "his tariff," by way of proof, which would have been an effectual justification had my grievance been an invention; but, as it happened, the tariff presented testimony in my favour, by the difference between its prices and those which I had been required to pay.


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